2022 BYD Tang EV (facelift) unveiled in China with higher range [Update]

Update: ‘2022 BYD Tang EV Specifications’ section updated.

Introduced at the 2018 Guangzhou Auto Show, the BYD Tang EV has been on the market for 3.5 years, and given its formidable sales performance, a facelift was imminent to reinforce its position in the face of new competitors. On April 1, 2022, the improved 2022 BYD Tang EV debuted, and it will go on sale in China in the coming weeks, and later in Europe.

Design

The 2022 BYD Tang EV flaunts a Gen II EV look that makes it instantly recognizable as an electric vehicle. It has a noticeably cleaner front compared to its ICE donor model. The BYD design team has replaced the large hexagonal grille with a closed surface, which could improve aerodynamics and, therefore, the range. The other changes at the front are a sportier bumper with more aggressive outer ends, a full-width horizontal bar that flows into the side air vents, and a taller lower air intake.

The softer and EV-typical front fascia makes the 2022 BYD Tang EV appeal to the customer upgrading from a thermal-engined vehicle. On the sides, the new Tang EV features new alloy wheels. At the rear, a sportier bumper with repositioned light reflectors, black fins, and small vertical air outlets offer enhanced styling. We are yet to know of any major interior changes on the inside.

Interior

The 2022 Tang EV features a redesigned interior consisting of a sleeker and more fluidic dashboard, a two-spoke steering wheel, new AC vents, and a revised center console. A 15.6-inch touchscreen central display has replaced the 12.8-inch unit. Another big change on the inside is a new optional seating layout aimed at comfort-focused customers.

BYD will offer the 2022 Tang EV in a new, 2+2+2 seating layout with individual seats in the second row. The 6-seat version features individual seats with electric adjustment, massage, ventilation, and heating. DiLink 4.0 (5G) intelligent network system, upgraded DiPilot ADAS functions, and a W-HUD heads-up display are the other noteworthy features of the new Tang EV.

2022 BYD Tang EV Specifications

Getting to the specifications, the new Tang EV measures 4,900 mm in length, 1,950 mm in width, and 1,725 mm in height. It uses a larger 108.8 kWh Blade battery pack that consists of LFP cells.

2022 BYD Tang EV facelift side profile
Thanks to a much larger battery pack, the 2022 BYD Tang EV delivers a range of up to 730 km (454 miles). Image Source: Weibo/BYD Auto

The 2022 Tang EV will come in single-motor 2WD and dual-motor 4WD variants that deliver a CLTC range of 730 km (454 miles) and 635 km (395 miles), respectively. These are significant improvements from the current model’s 565 km/351-mile (2WD) and 505 km/314-mile (4WD) range figures.

The standard-range variant consumes 15.6 kWh per 100 km (62 miles), and the extended-range 17.6 kWh per 100 km (62 miles). The latter uses a combination of a 180 kW motor and a 200 kW motor and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds.

In addition to offering a significantly higher range, the 2022 Tang EV will support DC fast-charging at a much higher rate. While the current Tang EV’s peak charging power is 110 kW, the new model will support charging at up to 170 kW. Just 10 minutes of charging will add up to 140 km (87 miles) of range.

AspectStandard-Range SpecificationExtended-Range Specification
Drivetrain Layout2WD4WD
Energy Consumption15.6 kWh/100 km17.6 kWh/100 km
Range (CLTC)730 km (454 miles)635 km (395 miles)
Motor PowerTo Be Announced180 kW + 200 kW
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration TimeTo Be Announced4.4 seconds
2022 BYD Tang EV specifications (Source: autohome.com.cn)

Note: All the figures in this section are Chinese specifications

Release Date

According to an autohome.com.cn report, the launch of the new BYD Tang EV in the company’s home market will take place in the middle of this month. As per the report, BYD could price the new Tang EV between CNY 300,000 (USD 43,071) and CNY 350,000 (USD 50,249). The report doesn’t say whether it’s the pre-sale prices or the final (launch) prices.

Norway, where the current Tang EV went on sale in September 2021, may have to wait till early 2023 to receive the refreshed model. BYD is also expanding into Europe, and more markets will eventually have the Tang EV in their locality.

Featured Image Source: Weibo/BYD Auto